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Old 09-18-2011, 02:43 AM   #1
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I have a fish that i suspect has ICK. I want to quarantine it but I don't have a quarantine tank up and running. Right now i Have him and a clownfish in a 10 gallon tank with inverts and LS/LR. I know that the copper will kill the inverts and The only other tank I have is a 20 gallon one. What should I do? I need to treat him now before he dies
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Old 09-18-2011, 02:51 AM   #2
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Is the 20 gallon empty or set up? If its set up you could move your inverts over to that one.
Or maybe you have a friend who can care for them while you treat.
Also you should post pics so people can tell if it's ich for sure
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Seeing as you don't have a QT set up...see if you can find someone who does and will let your clown have a shot. You could also try your hand at putting some tank water in that 20g and making sure its agitated while you dose your cure in there
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Don't know anyone that can watch the inverts. The 20 gallon is not setup right now. In fact, I was gonna move them into the 20 gallon. Could I just put the inverts in a really small tank (I think less than
a gallon) and take out everything in my existing tank and just treat the two fish in there? Can I still use some if the water if it might have ICK in it? I'm really new to the sw aquarium hobby, so I appreciate all the advice and don't know that much about it.
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Your inverts cannot get ick so you don't have to worry about that. Idk if it'd be safe to keep them in something as small as a one gallon tho bc it will be extremely prone to fluctuations. What is your tank set up right now? As far as sand and live rock and filters/powerheads
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If you treat the tank you can't put the inverts back in, nor use the rock in a tank with inverts; the residual coral is deadly.
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Heres photos of my damsel, hope they aren't blurry. also, his fins are sometimes frayed a little but heal in a day or two

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That little damsel gets too big and far too aggressive for a 10 gallon. Not a good choice in the long run for anything under 55 in my opinion; Lots of more colorful, friendly fish that could take its place (though the fact that its fins are frayed may mean it either gets bullied or has nutrient deficiencies).
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Could I just use the 20 gallon when I put them back to non quarantine tank? Right now I am using just a crappy aqua tech filter and air pump from walmart. I have the air stone thing too. As far as sand, we got sand from the beach by my house ( I live in Hawaii) and the live rock also from beach.
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What should I do? I've been putting it off but I don't want my damsel to die yet don't want to misdiagnose it.
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